Choosing the type of cloth diaper you'd like to use largely comes down to a matter of budget and personal taste. Fortunately, there are cloth diapers on the market today to suit just about anyone.
Once you've decided what kind of diaper you prefer, the next question is what type of fabric you'd like the diaper to be made of: synthetic or natural. Synthetic fabrics –- which include suedecloth, microfiber, microterry and polyester fleece –- are more durable and wick moisture away from baby, but they are petroleum-based. Natural fabrics –- which include wool, cotton, hemp and bamboo –- allow your baby to feel wetness more quickly and are made from renewable fibers.
When choosing natural fabrics, looking for organic wool and organic cotton products ensures that these materials were made without the use of synthetic chemicals, which is better for the environment as well. If you're looking for an organic cloth diaper, here's a selection of some of the top products available today:
Made in Pakistan using 100% certified organic cotton twill, these inserts come in an unbleached color, grow softer with every washing and are very affordable. They should be paired with a diaper cover to protect clothing and prevent leaks, since they're not waterproof.
To remove natural oils and waxes, these diapers must be washed and dried at least 3 times before use. These pre-washes will shrink the diapers by as much as 25%. The diapers come in three sizes designed to fit babies from 4-9 lbs., 7-15 lbs. and 15-40 lbs. after this shrinkage.
This diaper combines the natural durability and anti-bacterial properties of hemp with the softness of organic cotton. Made of 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton, it comes in two sizes designed to fit babies from 5-15 lbs. and 15-40 lbs.
The diaper also includes a snap-in soaker to provide added absorbency for heavy wetters and ruffled legs and proprietary elastic to prevent diaper blow-outs. Its sturdy snap closures are easy for parents to use but can prove difficult for curious toddlers to manipulate, preventing them from taking off the diaper when it needs to stay on. The diaper's overlapping wings also ensure a good fit even for skinny babies.
These diapers are not waterproof, so they should be paired with a diaper cover to protect clothing and prevent leaks.
The Flip Diaper System is a hybrid cloth diapering option that includes a one-size cover and three types of inserts: stay-dry, organic or disposable. The inserts can be tossed into the diaper pail when wet or dirty, while the covers can be reused until they're dirty, too.
The organic inserts are made from 100% Oeko-Tex certified organic cotton and allow your baby to feel wetness, which makes potty training easier. The inserts can be folded in different ways to accommodate babies as they grow and must be washed at least 3 times before using.
This diaper is designed to fit babies from 8-35 lbs. and the waterproof shell comes in 11 different colors with snap or aplix closures. The cover is made of 100% laminated polyester, except for the tabs, which are 95% polyester and 5% spandex.
This diaper takes advantage of the anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties of hemp and combines it with organic cotton, making for a more durable and absorbent diaper than a cotton diaper alone. These diapers are available in several different colors and prints and with snap or aplix closures.
The hemp lining is fully absorbent, but the diaper does not come with any inserts. Used with an insert of your choice, it is expected to last up to 12 hours at night for most babies.
This one-size cloth diaper features 100% organic cotton inside, stretchy tabs for a perfect fit and two rows of snaps. Because this diaper is an all-in-one, it doesn't require any stuffing or a separate cover, making it as easy to use as a disposable. It is designed to fit most babies between 7-35 lbs.
These diapers must be washed at least five times in hot water before use and are backed by a 30-day warranty. The diaper is available in 13 solid colors and two print patterns.